When I started making photos, I believe in 2010 when I got my first camera, dedicated camera equipment was still miles away from what you could find integrated in mobile phones. But now, there are pocket cameras that arguably perform worse than a camera on an S3 phone, which is 3 years old already. Even if their performance is marginally better, their price and practicability doesn't justify buying them.
Bridge cameras, the kind that I have, unfortunately use the same shitty small sensor so they only compensate through more professional features and better lenses, better zoom.
So the only kind of camera used for what you could call "Photography" is the DSLR. Even here prices, the simplification of them and introduction of lots of "autos" has made them accessible to a large public.
Photography isn't what it used to be. 50 years ago photography was truly an art and you'd get respect for doing that. Now anyone can be a photographer. You just need some money, and a one month crash course, or even less. Heck, you only need a good phone.
The only thing that, I think, separates amateurs from professionals is experience and dedication. I no longer consider myself a photographer as I used to in high-school. I am also appalled by the fact that anyone can make a mindless photo and call it photography, and that could apply to me too when I don't know so...
Or perhaps I'm just confused about this art where nobody makes the slightest effort anymore.
Don't get me wrong, this is just some rant. I still see magnificent photos, and on this thread too. I just consider true photography an exquisite art suited for the adventurous, the enduring and the risk-takers. Qualities that not all photographers have, especially zillion wedding&events photographers(but that's business, not art...).